Taking a shorter or longer route when travelling

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Q: If a person sets out on a journey to a certain place. There are two different routes that he can take to reach his destination. The first route is less than 78km while the second route is more than 78km. Will such a person be considered a musaafir if he takes any of the two routes when travelling to his destination?


A: It will depend on the route he takes. If he takes the shorter route, he will not be a musaafir and if he takes the longer route, he will be a musaafir.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وتعتبر المدة من أي طريق أخذ فيه، كذا في البحر الرائق فإذا قصد بلدة وإلى مقصده طريقان أحدهما مسيرة ثلاثة أيام ولياليها والآخر دونها فسلك الطريق الأبعد كان مسافرا عندنا، هكذا في فتاوى قاضي خان، وإن سلك الأقصر يتم، كذا في البحر الرائق (الفتاوى الهندية 1/138)

وفي فتاوى قاضي خان أن الرجل إذا قصد بلده وإلى مقصده طريقان: أحدهما مسيرة ثلاثة أيام ولياليها، والآخر دونها فسلك الطريق الأبعد كان مسافرا عندنا اهـ. وإن سلك الأقصر يتم (البحر الرائق 2/140)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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